Jessica Korda Wins 2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; So Yeon Ryu Lets Victory Slip Away In Second Straight Event

Jessica Korda

I don’t think many are terribly surprised to see a young teenage American phenom win the first event of the 2012 LPGA season. However, perhaps the surprise is that the young teenage American phenom that won the 2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is Jessica Korda. Korda was one of the celebrated LPGA rookies at the beginning of 2011 but didn’t quite measure up to expectations, with only one top 20 all year and seven missed cuts. In fact, other than her 19th place finish at the 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic, she never had another top 30 all year. In her interview after the third round of the 2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Open, she admitted she had to do some maturing, some growing up. One thing is for sure, if the opening event of 2012 is any indication, she has learned to deal with adversity and deliver.

Jessica Korda

Sometimes the first win comes easily. Other times it’s a baptism of fire. For Jessica, it was the latter as she looked as though she had let victory slip through her fingers. 5-under par and leading with only 5 holes remaining, Korda had the wheels come off with bogeys on 14, 15 and 16. From 1 up, she found herself 2 shots behind 2011 US Open winner So Yeon Ryu and 2011 LPGA Rookie of the Year Hee Kyung Seo. She was at a place where some players don’t recover. Nikki Campbell entered the final round with a chance to win, but once it went badly, it stayed that way. But a birdie on 17 by Korda coupled with bogeys on 18 by Ryu and Seo suddenly put Jessica in a 6 woman playoff with Ryu, Seo, Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis and Julieta Granda. Playing the 18th, all 6 parred the first playoff hole. However, fate smiled again on Jessica as Brittany Lincicome missed a four footer that danced around the lip of the cup that would have won it for Bam-Bam. Playing the 18th again, Jessica fulfilled her promise, with a spectacular birdie putt on the 2nd playoff hole to join her father, tennis champion Petr Korda, as a winner of a national championship of Australia.

So Yeon Ryu (front), Hee Kyung Seo (rear)

However, the story of this tournament cannot be told without noting the collapse of Ryu and Seo on the final hole, especially Ryu. This marks the second straight tournament in which Ryu has found a way to avoid victory. This time, she and Hee Kyung failed to convert knee-knocking 3 foot par putts on 18 to fall out of the lead.  Ryu actually completely missed the hole on her putt while Seo lipped out. Last week, So Yeon squandered her chance to win at the 2012 Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters. This week, it’s not just the bogey on the final hole. She had chances for birdies on 16 and 17 that would have given her an outright lead and a cushion on the 18th. I hope this doesn’t start a pattern for 2012. Ryu is a great player, but if it gets in her head that she can’t finish tournaments, which hasn’t been a problem in the past, it could mar what could otherwise be a great Rookie of the Year type season.

JESSICA KORDA

Hey dad, I won!

Like father, like daughter

SO YEON RYU

HEE KYUNG SEO

LEXI THOMPSON

NIKKI CAMPBELL

BRITTANY LINCICOME

JENNY SHIN

YANI TSENG

BEATRIZ RECARI

LORIE KANE

STACY LEWIS

SOPHIE GIQUEL-BETTAN

KYEONG BAE

MO MARTIN

GWLADYS NOCERA

JULIETA GRANADA

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL MONEY
1 1 USA
KORDA, Jessica
-3 F +1 72 70 73 74 289 $165,000
T2 T10 USA
LEWIS, Stacy
-3 F -3 69 73 77 70 289 $63,784
T2 T8 USA
LINCICOME, Brittany
-3 F -2 70 75 73 71 289 $63,784
T2 T8 PRY
GRANADA, Julieta
-3 F -2 70 72 76 71 289 $63,784
T2 T2 KOR
RYU, So Yeon
-3 F E 71 69 76 73 289 $63,784
T2 T2 KOR
SEO, Hee Kyung
-3 F E 75 66 75 73 289 $63,784
7 T12 KOR
SHIN, Jenny
-2 F -3 72 74 74 70 290 $31,743
T8 T5 USA
FUTCHER, Katie
-1 F +1 74 72 71 74 291 $26,406
T8 T5 TPE
TSENG, Yani
-1 F +1 70 76 71 74 291 $26,406
T10 T25 SWE
NORDQVIST, Anna
E F -5 76 77 71 68 292 $21,911
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T10 T12 ESP
RECARI, Beatriz
E F -1 76 72 72 72 292 $21,911
T12 T25 SWE
HEDWALL, Caroline
+1 F -4 73 77 74 69 293 $16,948
T12 T18 KOR
JI, Eun-Hee
+1 F -2 72 79 71 71 293 $16,948
T12 T16 AUS
KEMP, Sarah
+1 F -1 69 79 73 72 293 $16,948
T12 T12 FRA
GIQUEL-BETTAN, Sophie
+1 F E 72 74 74 73 293 $16,948
T12 T10 GBR
REID, Melissa
+1 F +1 71 71 77 74 293 $16,948
T12 T2 AUS
CAMPBELL, Nikki
+1 F +4 72 74 70 77 293 $16,948
18 T12 KOR
SHIN, Jiyai
+2 F +1 72 74 74 74 294 $13,933
T19 T18 NZL
*KO, Lydia
+3 F E 74 76 72 73 295
T19 T16 USA
CLANTON, Cydney
+3 F +1 74 72 75 74 295 $13,372
21 T25 USA
HARIGAE, Mina
+4 F -1 78 72 74 72 296 $12,922
T22 T31 NOR
PETTERSEN, Suzann
+5 F -1 80 71 74 72 297 $12,248
T22 T5 CAN
KANE, Lorie
+5 F +7 72 73 72 80 297 $12,248
T24 T45 USA
MCPHERSON, Kristy
+6 F -2 76 75 76 71 298 $10,346
T24 T40 USA
SONG, Jennifer
+6 F -1 74 79 73 72 298 $10,346
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T24 T31 KOR
KIM, Ha-Neul
+6 F E 77 71 77 73 298 $10,346
T24 T25 KOR
BAE, Kyeong
+6 F +1 77 75 72 74 298 $10,346
T24 T25 USA
FRANCELLA, Meaghan
+6 F +1 73 76 75 74 298 $10,346
T24 T21 USA
MARTIN, Mo
+6 F +2 76 73 74 75 298 $10,346
T24 T21 USA
THOMPSON, Lexi
+6 F +2 74 74 75 75 298 $10,346
T31 T56 USA
O’TOOLE, Ryann
+7 F -3 76 75 78 70 299 $7,987
T31 T45 ESP
MUNOZ, Azahara
+7 F -1 76 75 76 72 299 $7,987
T31 T40 KOR
CHOI, Chella
+7 F E 74 79 73 73 299 $7,987
T31 T31 USA
PRESSEL, Morgan
+7 F +1 76 74 75 74 299 $7,987
T31 T21 USA
JOHNSON, Jennifer
+7 F +3 73 75 75 76 299 $7,987
T31 T18 USA
STANFORD, Angela
+7 F +4 75 74 73 77 299 $7,987
T37 T45 USA
WALSHE, Alison
+8 F E 74 79 74 73 300 $6,630
T37 T45 ZAF
PACE, Lee-Anne
+8 F E 75 74 78 73 300 $6,630
T37 T31 ITA
SERGAS, Giulia
+8 F +2 74 79 72 75 300 $6,630
T40 T56 ARG
TANCO, Victoria
+9 F -1 72 75 82 72 301 $5,843
T40 T45 USA
LANG, Brittany
+9 F +1 74 77 76 74 301 $5,843
T40 T31 USA
LACROSSE, Cindy
+9 F +3 77 74 74 76 301 $5,843
T43 T68 AUS
FLEMING, Jody
+10 F -2 74 78 79 71 302 $5,070
T43 T45 KOR
LEE, Meena
+10 F +2 76 74 77 75 302 $5,070
T43 T40 WAL
MORGAN, Becky
+10 F +3 77 71 78 76 302 $5,070
T43 T21 FRA
NOCERA, Gwladys
+10 F +6 74 74 75 79 302 $5,070
T47 T71 AUS
NA, Stephanie
+11 F -2 80 72 80 71 303 $4,354
T47 T64 AUS
WRIGHT, Lindsey
+11 F E 79 74 77 73 303 $4,354
T47 T40 CAN
LEE-BENTHAM, Rebecca
+11 F +4 73 80 73 77 303 $4,354
T47 T31 ESP
MOZO, Belen
+11 F +5 72 77 76 78 303 $4,354
T51 T56 USA
KERR, Cristie
+12 F +2 75 78 76 75 304 $3,708
T51 T53 KOR
KANG, Jimin
+12 F +3 72 79 77 76 304 $3,708
T51 T53 DEU
GAL, Sandra
+12 F +3 71 74 83 76 304 $3,708
T51 T45 USA
PILLER, Gerina
+12 F +4 72 77 78 77 304 $3,708
T51 T31 USA
ALLEN, Beth
+12 F +6 77 75 73 79 304 $3,708
T56 T68 KOR
HAN, Hee-Won
+13 F +1 74 79 78 74 305 $3,146
T56 T64 ZAF
SIMON, Ashleigh
+13 F +2 72 81 77 75 305 $3,146
T56 T56 USA
JOH, Tiffany
+13 F +3 78 74 77 76 305 $3,146
T56 T40 USA
SONG, Christine
+13 F +6 78 74 74 79 305 $3,146
T56 T31 AUS
WEBB, Karrie
+13 F +7 75 75 75 80 305 $3,146
T61 T64 AUS
HULL, Katherine
+14 F +3 81 72 77 76 306 $2,781
T61 T56 KOR
*CHOI, Annie
+14 F +4 75 76 78 77 306
T61 T53 AUS
*SANTOSO, Cathleen
+14 F +5 75 75 78 78 306
T61 T45 AUS
*OH, Su-Hyun
+14 F +6 76 77 74 79 306
T61 T31 USA
BLUMENHERST, Amanda
+14 F +8 74 78 73 81 306 $2,781
T66 T64 ENG
EWART, Jodi
+15 F +4 75 77 78 77 307 $2,669
T66 T56 USA
KANG, Danielle
+15 F +5 75 76 78 78 307 $2,669
68 T56 SCT
MOODIE, Janice
+16 F +6 73 80 76 79 308 $2,585
T69 T71 FRA
KLATTEN, Joanna
+17 F +4 74 78 80 77 309 $2,500
T69 T25 USA
CHANGKIJA, Sandra
+17 F +12 75 72 77 85 309 $2,500
T71 T68 AUS
WHITAKER, Alison
+20 F +8 77 76 78 81 312 $2,388
T71 T56 SWE
SJODIN, Karin
+20 F +10 77 76 76 83 312 $2,388
73 T71 NZL
BROOKY, Lynnette
+21 F +8 78 72 82 81 313 $2,303
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT NZL
BON, Caroline
+8 79 75 154
CUT USA
BOWIE YOUNG, Heather
+8 79 75 154
CUT USA
CARTER, Dori
+8 75 79 154
CUT USA
DUNCAN, Meredith
+8 75 79 154
CUT FRA
LAGOUTTE-CLEMENT, Virginie
+8 80 74 154
CUT ENG
LARRATT, Kym
+8 73 81 154
CUT ITA
LUNA, Diana
+8 73 81 154
CUT JPN
NOMURA, Haru
+8 75 79 154
CUT AUS
OH, Sarah
+8 71 83 154
CUT NLD
SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire
+8 76 78 154
CUT AUS
SMITH, Kristie
+8 76 78 154
CUT KOR
YOO, Sun Young
+8 74 80 154
CUT WAL
BREWERTON, Becky
+9 78 77 155
CUT AUS
DOOLAN, Wendy
+9 82 73 155
CUT KOR
KANG, Haeji
+9 77 78 155
CUT USA
KIM, Mindy
+9 77 78 155
CUT AUS
MASSEY, Courtney
+9 76 79 155
CUT KOR
MIN, Na On
+9 74 81 155
CUT KOR
PARK, Inbee
+9 78 77 155
CUT USA
RAH, Jane
+9 75 80 155
CUT AUS
SMITH, Sarah Jane
+9 76 79 155
CUT AUS
SPEECHLEY, Jessica
+9 71 84 155
CUT USA
YUN, Hannah
+9 79 76 155
CUT NLD
BOELJON, Christel
+10 74 82 156
CUT THA
GULYANAMITTA, Numa
+10 78 78 156
CUT SWE
GUSTAFSON, Sophie
+10 80 76 156
CUT KOR
KIM, Hae-Rym
+10 78 78 156
CUT AUS
LUNN, Karen
+10 78 78 156
CUT DEU
MASSON, Caroline
+10 76 80 156
CUT CAN
SHERLOCK, Stephanie
+10 74 82 156
CUT NOR
SKARPNORD, Marianne
+10 74 82 156
CUT AUS
BONDAD, Frances
+11 81 76 157
CUT AUS
*DEWHURST, Ashlee
+11 78 79 157
CUT FRA
ICHER, Karine
+11 77 80 157
CUT USA
KIM, Christina
+11 75 82 157
CUT KOR
OH, Ji Young
+11 75 82 157
CUT USA
PARK, Jane
+11 81 76 157
CUT KOR
PARK, Hee Young
+11 76 81 157
CUT AUS
BAILEY, Rachel
+12 79 79 158
CUT USA
DIAZ, Laura
+12 82 76 158
CUT AUS
DURDIN, Tamie
+12 76 82 158
CUT AUS
FLOOD, Rebecca
+12 80 78 158
CUT TPE
HUNG, Amy
+12 78 80 158
CUT ENG
JOHNSON, Felicity
+12 77 81 158
CUT KOR
KIM, Song-Hee
+12 80 78 158
CUT TPE
KUNG, Candie
+12 79 79 158
CUT KOR
LEE, Ilhee
+12 80 78 158
CUT SWE
LINDBERG, Pernilla
+12 77 81 158
CUT ENG
MONTGOMERY, Danielle
+12 82 76 158
CUT KOR
PAK, Jin Young
+12 73 85 158
CUT FIN
BLOMQVIST, Minea
+13 80 79 159
CUT IRL
CODD, Rebecca
+13 77 82 159
CUT ENG
DAVIES, Laura
+13 74 85 159
CUT USA
EKEY, Kathleen
+13 79 80 159
CUT AUS
GARRETT, Nikki
+13 78 81 159
CUT USA
TAMULIS, Kris
+13 81 78 159
CUT NZL
BRISTOW, Cathryn
+14 77 83 160
CUT AUS
JOHNS, Tamara
+14 85 75 160
CUT JPN
KANEKO, Ayaka
+14 80 80 160
CUT USA
MICHAELS, Sydnee
+14 76 84 160
CUT USA
OH, Angela
+14 84 76 160
CUT AUS
THOMAS, Vicky
+14 76 84 160
CUT USA
BECK, Karlin
+15 81 80 161
CUT AUS
BOLAND, Julia
+15 73 88 161
CUT USA
FERRERO, Lisa
+15 79 82 161
CUT AUS
MUST, Katelyn
+15 83 78 161
CUT DNK
VEDEL, Line
+15 76 85 161
CUT USA
CHO, Irene
+16 83 79 162
CUT USA
HURST, Vicky
+16 82 80 162
CUT USA
LEE, Jennie
+16 79 83 162
CUT USA
MACKENZIE, Paige
+17 80 83 163
CUT AUS
MILLS, Joanne
+17 81 82 163
CUT USA
DYE, Kendall
+18 81 83 164
CUT AUS
KEATING, Stacey
+18 87 77 164
CUT ENG
MATHARU, Kiran
+18 83 81 164
CUT SWE
WESSBERG, Linda
+18 80 84 164
CUT AUS
ARTHUR, Bree
+19 85 80 165
CUT AUS
WHITTLE, Samantha
+19 76 89 165
CUT ENG
JENNINGS, Rachel
+21 82 85 167
CUT AUS
LITTLE, Kate
+21 81 86 167
CUT THA
PHATLUM, Pornanong
+21 85 82 167
CUT USA
KONO, Stephanie
+24 78 92 170
CUT AUS
PARKER, Jessica
+27 91 82 173

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